Pro Helvetia Project Team
Rachele Giudici Legittimo
Head Swiss participation Prague Quadriennial
Assistant Swiss participation Prague Quadrennial
The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the most important platform for scenography in the world. Founded in 1967 and held once every four years, it explores aspects of scenography as a transdisciplinary field where the performing arts, visual arts and architecture meet and converge.
At the heart of the Quadrennial is the section «Countries and Regions», in which artists from over 60 countries are offered a unique opportunity to present new forms of scenography. Pro Helvetia is responsible for Switzerland’s contribution to the Quadrennial.
Switzerland’s national contribution in 2019: The team of artists and architects
For the next edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, that takes place from 6 to 16 June 2019, we have commissioned, by way of a competition, the team of artists and architects Fragmentin & KOSMOS to mount the project «Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes». Find further information on the project and team in the tab Edition 2019.
(Above illustration: Glacier du Rhône covered with blankets to prevent it from melting, Switzerland; inspiration picture of the Swiss contribution to the Prague Quadrennial 2019 «Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes» by Fragmentin & KOSMOS Architects © Stefan Schlumpf, series «Hidden Landscapes» (base); KOSMOS architects (post production))
A forestage for the Swiss contribution to the Prague Quadrennial
Tuesday 09.04.19, 6:30-8:00 pm, i2a, Istituto internazionale di architettura, Lugano (More info)
Monday 29.04.19, 6:30-8:00 pm, Haute École d’art et de design Genève (HEAD), Geneva
Switzerland’s national contribution
Title: «Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes»
Design and realisation: Fragmentin & KOSMOS Architects
Commissioner: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
«Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes» proposes a performative scenographic landscape, namely a social and dynamic spatial platform that welcomes the audience on a journey and highlights how the Swiss landscape entangles natural, artificial and digital realms. The design of the space is inspired by the aesthetic of Swiss infrastructure, specifically the construction profiles (Bauprofile), which announce and debate the planning of new buildings.
The full digitalisation of the scene, projected in real time on a hanging screen, is used as a metaphorical way to raise awareness of the – sometimes unnoticed – impact and modifications people and infrastructure may cause in natural environments.
Performances by Camille Alena
This performative scenographic landscape is designed as a platform to host different specific performances created by artist Camille Alena. The artist will work on a diaristic piece that will evolve along the duration of the Quadrennial and grow within the interactive structure designed by Fragmentin & KOSMOS Architects.
Camille Alena is a Swiss artist graduated with a MA at the Royal College of Art in Fine Art of London. Through her work and practice, she is used to gather people around an idea realising projects, which take their source in local traditions or communities.
About the team of artists and architects
Fragmentin is an art practice founded in 2014 and composed by Laura Perrenoud, Marc Dubois and David Colombini, three graduates from ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). By exploring the limit between digital and tangible, their performative installations question the impact of technologies on our everyday life, in particular, the vocation of the former to anticipate and control the latter.
KOSMOS Architects (Geneva)
KOSMOS, founded by Artem Kitaev and Leonid Slonimskiy, is a virtual architectural practice working on projects of various scale and typologies from art installations and pavilions to airports and master plans, with realised projects in Moscow, Switzerland, Bangkok and New York. In addition to its practice, KOSMOS teaches interior architecture at HEAD – Genève (Geneva School of Art and Design).
Our Partners of the 2015 Edition
The 13th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2015 attracted more than 180,000 visitors. Pro Helvetia commissioned four renowned personalities with the task of planning and curating Switzerland’s contribution: Eric Linder (musician and curator of the Antigel festival), Markus Lüscher (architect at Park Zürich), Imanuel Schipper (dramaturgue and cultural studies specialist) and Barbara Zürcher (curator at Haus für Kunst Uri).
The common theme for the contributions from 68 nations was «SharedSpace» – the exploration of temporary and innovative ways of using public space. Switzerland’s project, entitled «Under the Tail of the Horse», consisted of three components:
- «Wenceslas Line», a walkable construction, several hundred metres long, giving visitors a thoroughly new perspective of the historic square in the heart of the Czech capital
- «Podoli Wave», a performance-cum-concert created by Eric Linder at Prague’s Olympic swimming pool Podolí with the music groups Sunfast and OY, making for a unique sensory experience
- «Reception», with photographs by Iren Stehli and Rishabh Kaul, at Clam-Gallas Palace, one of the festival hubs